In the first four Sundays of summer worship, we have welcomed 79 adult visitors. Summer worship typically does attract a number of local and out-of-town visitors to First Church, yet these numbers are amazing. With a strategic plan that articulates that we will “Cultivate a congregation that loves and acts in the example of Jesus” and “foster connectedness, engagement, and growth,” we need to be on top of our welcome game.
Practicing Our Welcome
How might you practice hospitality?
Pay attention to those you are sitting near, and make a point of greeting and introducing yourself. It doesn’t matter if the unfamiliar person is a visitor or member. Let’s follow the example of Jesus and offer a warm welcome to each other.
Wear an Ask Me Button or sticker on Sunday morning. That round yellow circle identifies you as an approachable and friendly person available for conversation. Nearly 30% of our summer worshippers are visitors – and they may be looking for a church community. Don’t feel like you need to be an expert on all things related to First Church; do feel free to ask someone else. We can work together to find answers. The Ask Me buttons and stickers are at the two yellow tables at Worship in the Park and at the entrance to Tittle Chapel.
Sign up to serve as a Greeter/Usher on Sunday morning. First impressions make a difference, and this role is key to creating a positive first impression. The role is also a great opportunity to meet anyone you have not yet met – for most of us, this is the majority of persons in worship. Sign up now.
Host Community Hour after Worship in the Park or after 10:30 Worship. By doing so you provide a welcome opportunity for everyone and invite persons to linger in community. Sign up now.
Upload your photo to your Realm profile (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org ) to help our new staff, new members, and others on Realm put your name and face together. Note that you can adjust your privacy settings and choose how widely – or narrowly – your photo and contact info is accessible.
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a whole congregation to create and nurture a welcoming environment each Sunday.